Days of Summer at Wa-Thik-Ane: Paddling, Hiking, Jumping and Singing

After a quiet morning dip and a delicious breakfast of pancakes and sausages with the Guides on Iroqouis , everyone’s day was off to a busy start.

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Adventure campers were down early and out on the water in canoes, enjoying a lovely morning on the water. When they came back at 11, it was time for the Guides to head out. All aboard and off they went! It was a little wavy and the sky was gloomy but they managed to get some paddling in.

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Lunch for the adventure campers was pizzas cooked on the buddy burners (tin can burners) and Iroquois enjoyed hearty mac and cheese before they headed off to the Bluff for their afternoon hike.

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When 2 pm rolled around, after another weather check, we jumped into the cold water to do the long lake swim. At least swimming the long distance kept us warm. It was a good swim in good time and all girls who attempted it completed it and earned another crest for their camp blanket!

The Pathfinders enjoyed some time on the water trampoline this afternoon, something they have been looking forward to for a few days.

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The Guides had the opportunity to lead a central campfire for the two sites tonight and did a fantastic job. Nice choice of songs, ladies, and a great campfire!

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As I walked down to close up the boat house, another picturesque view awaited me. Good night Wa-Thik-Ane and thank you for another amazing day!

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Super Eagle signing off,

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Days of Summer at Wa-Thik-Ane: Goodbye Sparks and Brownies!

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This morning was misty again. One can never get too much of this beautiful view and peacefulness.

The brave Sparks and Brownies were the first to come and morning dip. The beach was then quiet and peaceful until 9 am and when the set-up began for the Sparks, Brownies and Guides to participate in some water fun and games (regatta) while the Pathfinders challenged themselves to the life jacket swim from Blueberry Island.

Once the teams were made and the stations were ready, the games began! After playing a selection of carnival games which were paid for with gold rocks found in the shallow end of the lake, the girls won supplies to build a raft. They were rewarded with a freezie for snack and got to build their raft. The team captains took the rafts out to water, boarded them and raced off. Congratulations to this week’s winners: Rainbow and her team!

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Congrats as well to all the Pathfinders that accomplished their Blueberry Island lifejacket swim!

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Lunch on the Spark and Brownie site was an easy cleanup – hot dogs roasted in milk cartons. Want to know how it’s done? First, you wrap your hot dog in foil, with whatever toppings you like, then put a little paper in the bottom of the milk carton, slide the wrapped hot dog in and add more paper on top. To cook it, you need to light the milk carton with a match and watch it burn. Once the whole carton and all the paper burn away your toasted hot dogs are ready to eat!

We had to say a sad goodbye to out Spark and Brownie friends this afternoon. Thank you for coming and building memories! Parents arrived in the parking lot to pick up their excited campers as the Guides and Pathfinders moved on to their next activity: the short lake swim. It was another successful event for everyone who swam it. 

As I sit here and write the blog, my favorite sounds come down the road from the campsites: voices of all ages enjoying their campfires and singing wonderful familiar songs.

Super Eagle signing off,

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Days of Summer at Wa-Thik-Ane: Adventure Time!

Guides began their day with some girls heading off to morning dip and then a wonderful breakfast of baked french toast and fruit. A special guest, Heather,  came to show them how to make shelters. She also visited the Sparks and Brownies to help them learn how to keep things in order so they are easy to pack up. Thanks Heather for helping out today!

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Adventure campers were offsite with their out-trip to “Via Ferratta du Diablo” in Mont Tremblant. It involved climbing a preset rock face course with cables and steel rods permanently fixed to the rocks. It took a lot of upper body strength, concentration and facing any fear of heights they may have had.

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We started with a small hike and lunch on the trail since we arrived early. Then it was off to the ladder to climb up to the suspension bridge. Over the bridge, we worked on a small test on a rock face with the technical explanations of the different set-ups on the course. We climbed upwards and took a water break on a ledge. The girls all gave the view a thumbs up and were smiling as they reached around the corner.  It was a fantastic day and challenge for these ladies. Well done everyone!

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Waterfront was busy with swimming and boating and even some mini fire building by the Brownies.

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Then, it was time for central campfire. The adventure campers were not able to make it back in time, but the Guides, Brownies, Sparks and wonderful volunteers enjoyed singing some songs lead by Pip and Eeyore.

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Super Eagle signing off after another busy day,

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Days of Summer at Wa-Thik-Ane: Keeping Warm

Well I really must say that today has been the most wet and chilly day so far. However, morning dip was done under a dry sky which was a lucky start to the day. We were also treated to a mother loon with her babies swimming by. One of the babies was getting a free ride on Mom’s back!

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Mondays are usually spent doing dry dock at waterfront, which is when the girls go down to learn the rules of boating and the basic strokes on land. Luckily we have a great big boathouse and the lesson went ahead as planned inside. Swimming was cancelled as it was too cold to swim.

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Parents, you may have questioned our winter hat and gloves on the kit list, but today’s dampness meant that we made good use of them. Tarps went up on the marquee walls to keep the dampness and wind out and the warmth from the wood stoves in.

Guides played a camping skills version of Jeopardy this afternoon and I think they enjoyed the buzzers. Sparks and Brownies went on a little hike and spent the afternoon crafting.

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The evening brought the Guides on Iroquois down to visit the Sparks and Brownies and they enjoyed a campfire together.

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Sleep well tonight to the sounds of pitter patter as the sun will be out tomorrow!

Super Eagle signing off,

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Days of Summer at Wa-Thik-Ane: Week 2 Ends and Week 3 Begins

Friday to Sunday:

I was lucky enough to be visiting the Brownie site at lunch when one of the campers read the story that her Stepdad had written to her aloud to share it with the whole site. He is a journalist and writes stories for her:

Dear Camper,

Once upon a time, there was a little girl away at camp. In the night, the ingredients for s’mores became attached to her body. She had the power to shoot marshmallow webs, graham cracker force fields and chocolate rockets. She was now Smoregirl, the new hero of campers everywhere. Whenever young campers needed help, Smoregirl was there with a supply of delicious goodness at hand. She also battled young campers’ greatest enemies – Mothman, Bearzilla and Bugsy. Smoregirl quickly became the most popular camper, but no one knew her true identity, you. And no one could know, it was a secret!

What an uplifting wonderful story from home! Great writing! Thank you for sharing!

The Pathfinders were up in the dark and hiking the trail to the Bluff on Friday morning so that they could enjoy the sunrise from the top. It’s always a treat even with a little morning cloud.

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Guides slept out under the stars on Friday night. They were able to enjoy the beautiful night sky as they fell asleep on the upper deck at waterfront. Before they came down the chatter and excitement level could be heard from down below. I reminded them that the Brownies were asleep and they all did a great job tiptoeing down to their beds and settling in for the night.

At departue, campers were excited to see their families and sad to say goodbye to their friends. Until next year campers — thank goodness for social media!

Arrival day on Sunday brought car loads of new and returning campers for another great week. The sun was shining and it was hot! We were able to get all of the campers boat tested, so they are ready for boating today.

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A delicious BBQ was enjoyed by everyone together outside Stavert and ice cream sandwiches for dessert were welcomed on a warm evening. As I was finishing up the day’s business side of things, I could hear the voices of the Sparks and Brownies singing at their campfire. A perfect end to a perfect day!

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Super Eagle signing off,

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Days of Summer at Wa-Thik-Ane 2017: the Long Lake Challenge – Conquered

Thursday began with sunshine and a paddle to Blueberry Island for the Guides.

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After putting the canoes in the water, they were off.  I hiked down to Mic Mac to wave hello from the shore and take a few more pics as they passed by.

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They all returned with smiles and full of chatter. It was hot but the dip at Blueberry Island cooled everyone off. This is always a favorite for the Guides.

While the Guides were away, I borrowed their site because they have good signal for data there and it is nice and peaceful.  A little fellow looking for scraps interrupted my quiet.

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Poor little guy, I think he was confused as he wanted to jump down from the top of the cupboard and visit but everywhere he turned was too high. He left back the way he came.

I am not sure, but I think from the evidence on the table, some girls have been busy painting.

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Brownies came down to the waterfront for boating after lunch but that was withheld because of thunder. We had 45 minutes of thunder in the distance but no rain. A visit to the candy store (tuck) and some games on the deck passed the time.

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Once again, we thought the Long Lake Swim Challenge would have to be cancelled but the thunder rolled out, Guides got some swim time and then it was time for the Challenge. All the girls attempted it and did a great job! It is hard to swim it wearing a life jacket and is certainly more tiring. There is always next year to try again.

One Ranger, who has asked to do it every year since she was a Pathfinder, was finally given the okay to try it this year. Everyone was so proud of her and no one more than herself .  It was a struggle but with support, strength and her upbeat attitude, she did it! She had a wonderful smile half way when she touched the boat and a bigger smile at the end.

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Congrats, a well deserved crest to finish off that circle!

Pathfinders and Rangers treated us to central campfire tonight and it was wonderful as usual.

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Central with campfire and songs have to be everyone’s favorite part of camp.

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We all enjoyed the songs and I am improving on “Eddie” believe it or not.

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After central campfire the Pathfinders and Rangers climbed the hill to Algonquin to have their own fire with a S’more challenge.

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Just a look at the ingredients gives memories of great fun at camp. I wonder if this crazy fun gang was able to sleep last night?

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Another wonderful day at Wa-Thik-Ane and we enjoy her view from central as we say good night.

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Super Eagle singing off,

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Days of Summer at Wa-Thik-Ane 2017: Regatta Day – Week 2

Today was the big day in our week long camp with Regatta in the morning and the Short Lake swim challenge scheduled for the afternoon. Regatta was a great event and fun was had by all the campers; big and small.

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Teams got to tour the Wa-Thik-Ane Carnival and pay to play games using gold rocks. The prize, you ask? Well, each game had a prize that came in handy to build a raft which your team “leader” (the adult in the group), volunteered to race with.

 

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They began with 5 gold rocks per team but they quickly disappeared as they played the games, so they needed to go back to the water where one team member had 10 seconds to find as many gold rocks in the water as possible.

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There were plenty of gold rocks on the shores of lac Bouchette for unending Carnival play.  It was difficult to win the base of your raft today, as the teams had to keep a beach ball in the air for 6 seconds.

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After playing the games there was a needed freezie break, and then the building of the rafts began. Good strategy for this leader to rest before the big race.

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All aboard their rafts and in no time we had a winner, Chickadee from Iroquois! We had a close race for second and the cheering continued until the last participant was in, even if she pulled her raft.

It is great to have friends of Wa-Thik-Ane visit and today we had the pleasure of Nemo, one of Wa-Thik-Ane’s lifeguards from the past came back to visit. Good times and good memories.

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We enjoyed our lunch and then had more water activities. We originally cancelled the short lake challenge, as things began to look gloomy and the wind picked up, but then the sun came out and we were able to get the short lake in! Congrats to the girls who completed their short lake; thumbs up!

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The Pathfinders took the Brownies on a visit to the fairy walk today, and they obviously put on an amazing tour and told a great story. When I arrived for a visit after supper I saw the remains of the glitter along the ground and steps where the fairy came to visit. The news about how two of the Pathfinders remembered seeing the fairy come by, and waking up with fairy glitter dust all over them.  As they all talked at the same time (as they can do!) they told me about the adventure, out came the dress up trunk of princess costumes and oh, did they have squeals of delight!

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A great way to end the day.

Super Eagle signing off,

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